Sharp tax figures up

May 12, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County justices got some good news Monday, learning that sales tax revenue received in April was up slightly, County Judge Larry Brown said.“This figure was for receipts in February,” he said. “Receipts for January (received in March) were down slightly.”Seeing the sales tax revenue bounce back up gave county officials a better feeling, since that put the revenue projections back on track for the year, for now.The county received $66,191 in April, up $1,582 from the same month in 2008.

Bube awarded prize

May 12, 2009 Dr. Paul Custodio Bube, W. Lewis McColgan Professor of Religion, has been awarded the 2009-10 Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The Williamson Prize is given annually by Lyon College to the faculty member deemed to be the most outstanding in four categories: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplary humane and Christian values and contributions to the community. Bube joined the Lyon faculty in 2001 after serving as professor of religion and philosophy and chair of the department at Kansas Wesleyan University.

Charity ride to stop in Batesville

May 12, 2009 The Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is scheduled to stop in Batesville on Thursday, and the 15th annual event will bring more than its namesake to town.According to a news release, Petty will be joined by Harry Gant, another NASCAR great, former college and NFL football star Herschel Walker, and PGA golf star Davis Love III in the line of motorcycle riders traveling 3,500 miles in an effort to raise money for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.

Search resumes

May 12, 2009 Search operations are continuing along the White River near Batesville today in the search for 30-year-old Aaron R. Marks, who is believed to have drowned in a boating accident Saturday evening.Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Ryan Nast said this morning that he and other volunteers will be using boats to check the river periodically throughout the day.

News of other days

May 11, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 22, 1996. 

Sharp Co. fines may increase

May 11, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the county courthouse in Ash Flat to consider increasing fines to raise money to help defray the expense of holding jail inmates, according to an agenda for the regular meeting.Such an increase, which would be $25 per fine, was approved by the state Legislature recently. The current fee per fine for that purpose is $5.A Sharp County Regional Airport Authority board member will also be appointed and a 2007 audit report will be discussed.Elected officials’ monthly reports will be reviewed.

Son jailed after allegedly hitting mother

May 11, 2009 MELBOURNE — Mother’s Day weekend didn’t turn out too well for an Izard County mother and son.Deputies responded Saturday afternoon to a residence on state Highway 5 north of Calico Rock to the scene of a domestic violence compliant, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Charley Roy Parker, 35, of Calico Rock was arrested for domestic violence.

Bluegrass Fest to benefit children’s hospital

May 11, 2009 HORSESHOE BEND — The Country and Bluegrass Music Festival will be Saturday, with all proceeds going to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, according to sponsors.Scheduled entertainment will include Mark Phillips and the IIIrd Generation Bluegrass Band of Oklahoma, the Keisler Brothers Band from Sheridan; the Mammoth Spring String Band; and K.R. Wood of Texas.Comedian “Bandy” Fowler of Branson will also perform. Other acts may be added prior to the event.

Area Briefs

May 11, 2009 Two arrested after threats reportedly made on girl’s life

Pharmacy targeted

May 11, 2009 Two days after pharmacist Andy Strecker made the move to Walgreens, his pharmacy was hit by someone who pried the tin off the backside of the building and cut a hole to allow entry.When Independence County Deputy Bret Ward arrived at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Strecker had already re-covered the hole and straightened up the safes that had fallen over.Ward said Strecker said most of his narcotics had already been transported to Walgreens, but there was a box of out-dated and expired medications missing.